Teaching English online to disadvantaged children

Online teaching in progress
  • TEFL certificate or other appropriate teaching qualification required
  • Fluent, native speaker standard English
  • Russian-language speaking
  • At least 3 months commitment
  • A DBS certificate will be required

We support The Orthodox parish in Kondopoga, Karelia in its work with children living in poverty. These children do not have laptops at home so have fallen behind at school during the pandemic. The parish are providing some catch-up lessons but the children need additional support with English lessons. 

We are looking for some enthusiastic and patient individuals willing to teach online English lessons to them for around 2 hours a week. Volunteers will need to be able to show a real commitment to the work, initiative and a willingness to be flexible.  There are also opportunities to teach the staff English in the future. This will be important to help the management communicate with foreign funders and to raise awareness of their work outside of Russia. 

Contact: Emma Hobson, Assistant to Executive Secretary – info@stgregorysfoundation.org.uk  – Tel (UK) 0203 372 4992 Mon-Fri (work hours)

Deaf Club, St Petersburg

  • A suitable candidate preferably has an arts education
  • Confident Russian speaking skills
  • Likes and enjoys playing with young children
  • Is able to work and organise things independently and is self-motivated
  • A DBS certificate will be required
  • Playing a musical instrument (would be a plus)

The Deaf Club runs 2 days a week (4 hours). Volunteers are needed to play with children, help parents at request during play and music therapy sessions, help specialists before and after sessions. 1 day a week (3-4 hours) – helping to sort out toys and books in the storage of the EII, preparing books to be sent by post, helping to make videos of individual sessions.

The suitable candidate will be given an introduction to the work of the Deaf Club, the Early Intervention Institute. He or she will work together with their personnel, will be assisted with each task and helped to improve Russian language skills. Tea, snacks and warm communication is offered too! Exact dates will be confirmed later in 2021 given the UK and Russia Covid-19 restrictions.

Contact: Julia Ashmore, Executive Secretary, St Gregory’s Foundation – info@stgregorysfoundation.org.uk – Tel (UK) 0203 372 4992 Mon-Fri (work hours)

“My Tomorrow” programme for orphanage-leavers

Group of orphanage-leavers having a picnic
  • Volunteers will be active young people from 18 years old who are living independently;
  • possibly with secondary education
  • will have some work experience,
  • Confident spoken Russian
  • flexible and quick learner
  • possibly with experience of the care system,
  • Practical camping skills are a plus

We are looking for volunteers who can spare 3-5 hours a week to help the Sunflower Centre prepare orphanage-leavers for independent living. The main tasks are participating at training sessions, helping organise events, outdoor activities, and a summer hike, peer to peer assistance and communication.

A suitable candidate will be given an introduction to the work of the Sunflower Centre. He or she will work closely with the Programme coordinator, will be assisted at each task and helped to improve Russian language skills. Tea, snacks and warm communication and atmosphere is offered too! Exact dates will be confirmed later in 2021 given the UK and Russia Covid-19 restrictions.

Contact: Julia Ashmore, Executive Secretary, St Gregory’s Foundation – info@stgregorysfoundation.org.uk – Tel (UK) 0203 372 4992 Mon-Fri (work hours)